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2017 Chevrolet Bolt earns IIHS Top Safety Pick Award

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives its Top Safety Pick Award to the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, and they have got videos of it during the crash test procedures to prove to us why.

The procedure requires cars to go through five crashworthiness tests including: small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints and seats. While the Bolt came out with good results on all five tests, one thing that it does not have are good headlights to avoid getting into an accident.

Results by the IIHS say that the headlights "provide good visibility but produce excessive glare for oncoming drivers". Furthermore, the company wrote in a press release that “the car avoided collisions in IIHS track tests at 12 mph and 25 mph, and the system has a forward collision warning component that meets National Highway Traffic Safety Administration criteria”.

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IIHS gives Top Safety Pick+ award to sixth-generation 2017 BMW 5 Series (G30)

After earning the maximum safety rating of five stars from the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), the 2017 BMW 5 Series (G30) was named by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) a “Top Safety Pick +.”

Being granted with the Top Safety Pick+ by IIHS isn’t an easy feat. Currently, IIHS grants two awards safety awards for 2017: Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+. To become 2017 Top Safety Pick, a vehicle should earn good ratings in five crashworthiness tests (small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints). Likewise, a vehicle should earn an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention. Qualifying for 2017 Top Safety Pick+ means a vehicle managed to earn good ratings in all five crashworthiness tests as well as an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention. Furthermore, it should earn an acceptable or good headlight rating.

Following the necessary tests, IIHS adjudged that the 2017 BMW 5 Series is qualified to be granted the Top Safety Pick+ award. This comes after the 2017 BMW 5 Series earned “Good” ratings for the five crashworthiness tests -- small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints. It also earned a “Superior” rating for front crash prevention as well as “Good” rating for its headlights.

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2016 Honda Pilot with front crash safety feature earns top rating from IIHS

The American designed and developed 2016 Honda Pilot has been awarded the TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) if you opt for the front crash prevention safety feature.

Coupled with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), Honda has earned itself a reputation for safety and security. It was awarded the highest available U.S. government (NCAP) and IIHS safety ratings possible.

The 2016 Honda Pilot also has an optional frontal crash prevention system gaining the award of top rating of Superior from IIHS. Jeff Conrad, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Honda Division said that the 2016 Pilot sets the new benchmark in the midsize SUV segment with its top-of-the-class fuel economy and after having gotten the highest safety ratings possible.

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2015 Ford F-150 SuperCrew passes IIHS crash test

Because of a simple solution, the redesigned 2015 Ford F-150 SuperCrew was able to pass the Institute for Highway Safety’s small offset crash test. Tubular bars were welded to the pickup’s frame. These were positioned in the front wheel wells, fore and aft of the tire.

It worked so well that it wasn’t really much of a challenge for the redesigned 2015 Ford F-150 SuperCrew to pass the test. A similar solution is planned by Ram for all of its pickups, starting with the 20151/2 Ram Rebel that had its release last month.

IIHS has only just started its testing on light-duty pickups. Last July 30, the IIHS crash-tested a 2015 Toyota Tundra. So far, how the Tundra did in the test hasn’t been announced yet.

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has awarded 2015 Top Safety Pick accolade to all seven 2015 Subaru models, including the Legacy, Outback, Forester, BRZ, WRX/STI, Impreza and XV Crosstrek. This marks the sixth consecutive year that Subaru has all of its models gaining the award from IIHS.

Five of those models, were also awarded by the IIHS with the 2015 Top Safety Pick+ accolade -- Subaru Forester, Legacy, Outback, Impreza, and XV Crosstrek, when equipped with optional EyeSight Driver Assist Technology. These vehicles also earned the highest possible rating of “Superior” for front crash prevention.

These models likewise earned 6 of 6 points for front crash prevention when equipped with EyeSight. This technology includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking and Vehicle Lane Departure Warning and was first system to use stereo camera technology to detect objects like vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.

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Both the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander and the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport crossovers and the 2015 crossovers Lancer compact sports sedan received the "Top Safety Pick" accolade from the the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The IIHS particularly named the 2015 Outlander a "Top Safety Pick+" – the highest safety award designation – thanks to the Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM) technology that warns a driver to a potential frontal collision using visual and audio alerts while applying emergency braking -- to avoid the collision or reduce its effects.

On the other hand, the IIHS awarded the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport a "Top Safety Pick" rating, the fourth consecutive year that the model won the safety designation. IIHS likewise awarded the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer a "Top Safety Pick" rating, its seventh straight year of gaining the accolade."

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Toyota Motor Corp. says the latest iteration of RAV4 crossover earned a passing score in the latest round of tests simulating small-overlap front crashes as conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. According to Toyota Chief Safety Technology Officer Secretary Seigo Kuzumaki, the 2015 RAV4 got a “good” score in the latest test, which should allow the crossover to earn institute’s coveted Top Safety Pick rating.

The 2014 RAV4 failed to earn the status after getting poor results in the small overlap test conducted in July 2013, prompting Toyota engineers to vow an overhaul and to make the crossover more than strong enough to pass.

The RAV4 needs a small-overlap rating score of at least “acceptable” to earn Top Safety Pick. Official results of the latest test won’t be published until December, according to IIHS spokesman Russ Rader, adding that the results look promising.

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Only one of the four minivans – all sold in the United States – that underwent the front overlap test of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety managed to get a passing score. While the latest model of the Toyota Sienna scored “acceptable,” the Dodge Grand Caravan (MY2008-2015), the Chrysler Town & Country, and the Nissan Quest (MY2011-2015) minivans got a “poor” score.

The 2015 Toyota Sienna joins the Honda Odyssey (good) -- which underwent the small overall test earlier -- as the only minivans to gain the IIHS "Top Safety Pick-Plus" rating used heavily in marketing new vehicles.

David Zuby, IIHS executive vice president and chief research officer, remarked while minivans are among parents -- a group that tends to be safety conscious – the institute so far seen two models offering decent protection in small overlap crashes.

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The BMW 5 series and the Lincoln MKS sat on the bottom of the pack of large luxury sedans that underwent the small-overlap crash test conducted by Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The MKS received the lowest rating “poor” on the test while the BMW 5 series got a “marginal” rating.

This time, seven large sedans underwent the test, with the Infiniti Q70 sedan getting the top rating of “good.” IIHS said in a statement that driver space in the Q70 was protected “reasonably well,” and that test dummy measurements showed a low risk of serious driver injury following the crash.

As for the MKS, IIHS said the driver space in the vehicle was “severely limited” after the crash, adding there could be “likely” injuries to the driver’s left hip and “possible” left knee and lower leg injuries.

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has named the Ford C-MAX Hybrid a Top Safety Pick for second year in a row. IIHS had the 2014 Ford C-MAX Hybrid undergo multiple crash tests – leading to a “good” rating in side crash, roof strength, restraint and seating evaluations.

Steve Kenner, global director, Ford Automotive Safety Office said the carmaker is proud that the C-MAX Hybrid has achieved a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS. Standard safety equipment on the C-MAX Hybrid includes MyKey, AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control, driver and passenger airbags and front seat-mounted side-impact airbags.

Add to that list a safety canopy system, SOS Post Crash Alert System and a tire pressure monitoring system. The C-MAX Hybrid comes with available driver-assist features like a rearview camera, active park assist, forward sensing system and reverse sensing system as well as rain-sensing wipers.

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Small cars received poor score in the latest round of small overlap front crash test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Twelve small cars underwent the latest round of test – which assesses how well vehicles could handle 40-mph collisions wherein there is 25 percent frontal overlap with a five-foot-tall barrier on the driver’s side – but only the Mini Cooper Countryman received a good rating.

On the other hand, the lithium ion batteries of the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid and Nissan Leaf EV survived the test. Despite that, the Leaf still received a poor rating in the small overlap test after it got significant damage that could result to left knee, thigh and lower leg injuries.

The Volt, meanwhile, got an acceptable rating in the small overlap test. It went on to received up IIHS’s only Top Safety Pick+ accolade after this round of testing. The Top Safety Pick+ designation is given to any vehicle who received: a good or acceptable rating in the small overlap test; a good rating on the other four tests; and advanced or superior ratings for front crash prevention.

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The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) has named the 2015 Hyundai Sonata a 2014 Top Safety Pick+. Sonata joined the 2015 Genesis in grabbing the highest honor from IIHS, which rates vehicles using several tests moderate overlap front crash, small overlap front crash, side impact and rollover tests.

The institute also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impact collisions as well as available front crash prevention systems aimed at preventing a crash or lessening its impact.

The 2015 Sonata is laden with a new level of safety and refinement, thanks to a number of active safety features like as Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, a Lane Departure Warning System and rear parking sensors.

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General Motors vehicles equipped with the available Front Automatic Braking system earned superior ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s rating program on front crash prevention. The models are Buick Regal, Cadillac CTS, Cadillac XTS and Chevrolet Impala.

IIHS Chief Research Officer David Zuby remarked that the institute applauds the carmaker’s commitment to making Front Automatic Braking system available not only on Cadillac units, but also on Chevrolet and Buick vehicles.

The IIHS had recognized GM for front end safety and granted the 2014 Top Safety Pick + on the 2014 Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain, and Chevrolet Malibu with available forward collision alert. Out of nine midsize SUVs that IIHS evaluated in IIHS’s small overlap front crash test, only the Equinox and the Terrain earned “Good” ratings.

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The 2015 Subaru WRX and WRX STI have earned the 2014 Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS). The vehicles both logged good performance in each of the Institute’s crashworthiness assessments, including the small overlap front test.

The latest accolade means that Subaru now has six models that have earned 2014 safety awards from IIHS -- three with Top Safety Pick and three with Top Safety Pick+ -- including the Legacy sedan and Outback models with optional EyeSight.

The Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive Subaru WRX comes standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder 268 hp engine paired to a six-speed manual transmission.

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Only the Chevrolet Spark received an acceptable rating in small-overlap crash test from Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, when most small cars fared poorly. Likewise, the Spark was the only tiny car to earn a top safety pick award from the group. IIHS introduced in 2012 the small-overlap test, which simulates a situation wherein the front quarter of the driver side of a vehicle collides with a pole or a tree at 40 mph.

The test is considered much harder than a head-on collision since the front-end crush zone is bypassed. Joe Nolan, IIHS vice president said in a statement, that small, lightweight vehicles have an inherent safety disadvantage in a small-overlap test, underscoring the importance of choosing one with the best occupant protection.

He remarked that as a group, minicars “aren't performing as well as other vehicle categories in the small-overlap crash." Tougher tests like the small-overlap front crash test have resulted to a lesser number of vehicles earning the institute’s top safety picks for 2014.

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has made the 2014 Chevrolet Spark a Top Safety Pick after the minicar attained the highest possible “good” scores in the agency’s moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints tests. The 2014 Spark also achieved an “acceptable” score in IIHS’s new small overlap test, which emulates what happens when the front corner of a vehicle hits another vehicle or an object like a tree.

“Spark’s impressive performance in IIHS’s most stringent test yet demonstrates the intensive efforts of our global safety team to deliver big safety in a small package,” remarked Gay Kent, General Motors general director of Vehicle Safety and Crashworthiness. He said that the safety structure of the Spark extensively employs high-strength and ultra-high-strength steels, adding that the minicar’s passenger protection package boasts of 10 standard air bags.

Since the Spark has a short wheelbase of 93.5 inches, the team had to strengthen its front-end structure to better absorb and distribute impact energy around passengers. The team also paved the way for a cradle extension for additional support in frontal collisions. Lightweight, high-strength steels account for over 62 percent of Spark’s under body and 42 percent of its upper body.

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The 2014 Maserati Ghibli is now a 2013 Top Safety Pick for the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. The Ghibli is powered by a 404hp twin-turbo V6 from Ferrari paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission. This four-door sedan is available in either rear or Q4 all-wheel-drive. The Ghibli, featuring coupé-like looks, is touted to be 'The Absolute Opposite of Ordinary' in the mid-size segment – as it effortlessly merges performance, style and luxury.

The accolade from the IIHS further boosts the pedigree of the Ghibli as a thoroughbred driving unit. A 2013 IIHS Top Safety Pick also further boosts the Ghibli's badge as a 'top pick' among sport sedan buyers.

IIHS Top Safety Pick testing simulates a side collision with a large sports utility vehicle or pickup truck; front moderate overlap impact; roof-crush consistent with a rollover; and a rear collision capable of inducing whiplash. In each test, the Ghibli scored "good," the highest-possible rating. Likewise, Maserati covers all the customer care benchmarks: a four-year/ 50,000 mile warranty; road-side assistance; and loaner car service.

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The all-new 2014 Fiat 500L has earned the recognition as a 2013 Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. This revolutionary four-door B-segment hatchback is just one of the two Chrysler Group vehicles to be named in the recent batch of IIHS assessments. For the last 10 months, the IIHS has commended 14 Chrysler Group vehicles.

To be designated as a Top Safety Pick, the vehicle has to get a “good” rating in the following tests: side impact, front moderate-overlap impact, roof-crush experienced from a rollover, and a rear collision that may induce whiplash. The all-new Fiat 500L was given the highest-possible score of “good” in all of these tests.

Jason Stoicevich, Head of Fiat Brand for North America, Chrysler Group LLC, said that the all-new 2014 Fiat 500L is a “unique” offering in this market as it merges Italian style with a loft-like interior, tremendous value and sophisticated safety features like reactive head restraints and seven standard air bags.

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The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee has been named as a 2013 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. In the most recent bout of assessments, this SUV is just one of two vehicles by Chrysler Group to earn the honor. The all-new 2014 Fiat 500L, a ground-breaking four-door, B-segment hatchback, is the other Chrysler Group vehicle that was given this award.

IIHS gave this commendation to a total of 14 models from Chrysler Group in the last 10 months.

The testing required for the Top Safety Pick recognition includes a side impact with a large SUV or pickup truck, roof-crush that could occur with a rollover, front moderate overlap impact, and a rear collision that may result to whiplash.

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The next Toyota Corolla will receive improvements so that it can do well during the tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, particularly in the challenging small overlap front crash test. Toyota Corolla doesn’t exactly have the best safety record. Many of its models, including the 2014 Toyota Corolla, were given “Marginal” or “Poor” ratings by the IIHS.

Toyota is reportedly attempting to improve its scores on the safety tests by reworking the RAV4, Camry, and Prius V. According to a report from Automotive.com, the Toyota Corolla is due for a safety update too. Toyota executive vice president Mitsuhisa Kato said that the automaker is already working on improving the Corolla.

It’s likely that the 2014 Toyota Corolla will get structural reinforcements so that it can get a high score on the small overlap test, which crashes the vehicle moving 40 mph into a barrier that covers just 25% of front surface of the car.

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